Can We Grow Energy? The Role of Chemistry in the Energy Future

Can We Grow Energy? The Role of Chemistry in the Energy Future

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“Can We Grow Energy? The Role of Chemistry in the Energy Future” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Dr. Bruce Dale of Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center



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The global demand for energy continues to soar and the interface of biology-chemistry to fossil fuel replacement may be the next breakthrough. How is chemistry preparing for this challenge? What technologies are holding promises? Will biofuels be the solution or create other problems? Join us as our speaker, Dr. Bruce Dale from the Office of Biobased Technologies at Michigan State University, discusses the challenges, innovations, and questions chemists should ask to make an informed decision on biofuels.


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What You Will Learn

  • Biofuels must be compared with each other and with petroleum fuels using appropriate metrics if we are to make proper choices among them
  • Some biofuels, notably cellulosic biofuels, satisfy these metrics, others do not
  • In our public discourse, we are asking the wrong questions about biofuels
  • If we ask the right questions, we will see that cellulosic biofuels have enormous potential to replace fossil fuels.
  • And much more…



Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free



Meet Your Expert

Dr. Bruce Dale is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University and a lead scientist in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. He is well-known for conducting life-cycle analyses of biobased fuels and chemicals. He is an expert on making ethanol from cellulose, plant stalks, grass, corn cobs and other woody plant parts and has developed a patented process called ammonia fiber expansion (AFEX), which makes the breakdown of cellulose more efficient, thus tackling one of the thornier problems of producing ethanol. As associate director of the Office of Biobased Technologies, Dr. Dale provides “technical reality,” stemming from his 30 years of work in biomass technology, to take such technology from the lab to the marketplace.


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4 Responses to “Can We Grow Energy? The Role of Chemistry in the Energy Future”

  1. Fernando de Tezanos says:

    The best battery is a tree,and the best collector are their leaves

  2. Donald Gamble says:

    Dear Dr. Dale: The growing need for fuel crops is an additional reason for the chemical protection of industrial scale agricultural crops. This means that there is an increased need for research on the kinetics and reaction mechanisms of pesticides in soils and water. Although it is beginning to be possible to create predictive models, there is an urgent need for physical chemists and funding. Refereed publications, predictive models, and more explanations are available. Sincerely, Donald Gamble.

  3. Prof.Dr.Werner Funke says:

    Unfortunately materials for biofuels burn much faster than they grow!

  4. Dr. Mark Kelm says:

    Ethanol as a fossil fuel replacement?! We currently lack the infrastructure (pipelines, service stations, trucks, autos etc) for EtOH as a fossil fuel replacement. Unless the EtOH is esterified with FAs for biodiesel production – great fuel for trains and trucks. For autos, butanol or some of the furan based molecules would be better gasoline substitutes – both compatible with existing infrastructure. The US has enough infrastrucure problems (e.g., aging electric grid, water, power, bridges, roads etc.) – we don’t need new one.

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